2017 Matias Riccitelli Riccitelli & Father (750ml)

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina


80 per cent malbec from Las Compuertas and 20 per cent cabernet franc from Chacayes, raised in a new foudre. The floral edge here is striking, as is the saturated nose with ripe dark plums and blackberries that follow to the palate, adding cherries. Long and layered. Very seamless and silky. These varieties meld together very well. Drink or hold.

96 points, James Suckling (Dec 2019)

The 2017 Riccitelli & Father is a blend of 70% Malbec from Las Compuertas and 30% Cabernet Franc from Chacayes, fermented separately. This year, there's a little more Cabernet Franc, which lifts up the nose and gives it further complexity. The two varieties are blended and put in 2,000-liter oak foudres where the wine matures for 16 months. This is quite tight, serious and concentrated, with balance and clout, a wine that should mature nicely in bottle for a good decade. Very impressive. 5,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2018.

94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 245 - Oct 2019)

A Malbec from Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo, planted in 1927, with 20% Cabernet Franc from Los Chacayes, Uco Valley, aged in foudres to respect the purity of the aromas. An elemental, reductive red sporting a nose of blackberry, plum and mint in which the Franc contributes worthy pyrazine notes. Juicy in the mouth, offering constrained tannins and slightly skinny feel compared to the voluminous entrance. Undergoes a delicious transformation from the grand start to a svelte finish with a lengthy, bold flavor. A curious, distinctive wine.

94 points, Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous (Oct 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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